Cypress Semiconductor Patent Grants

Systems, methods, and devices for bootstrapped power circuits

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658632
Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for implementing a bootstrapped power circuit. Devices may include a controller configured to generate an output signal. Devices may include a power converter configured to receive the output signal, configured to store an amount of energy in response to receiving the output signal, and further configured to release the amount of energy in response to detecting a change in the output signal. Devices may include a switch configured to be toggled…

Single layer sensor pattern

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658726
A capacitive sensor array comprises large sensor electrodes and small sensor electrodes formed from a single layer of conductive material. Each sensor electrode of a first set of small sensor electrodes is electrically connected to a first pad. A first axis crosses two or more of the sensor electrodes of the first set of small sensor electrodes, and each small sensor electrode of the first set of small sensor electrodes is located on an opposite lateral side of one of the large sensor…

Partially filled contact and trace layout

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9651812
An apparatus including a first layer formed from a first conductive material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion and a second layer, coupled to the first layer, the second layer formed from a second conductive material having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, where the second layer is partially filled.

Low-power touch button sensing system

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652015
A capacitance sensing circuit receives an application of a power supply. The capacitance sensing circuit controls a switch circuit to connect the power supply to a processing device responsive to the application of the power supply. The capacitance sensing circuit receives, via a control interface and from the processing device, control information to configure the capacitance sensing circuit. The capacitance sensing circuit disconnects the power supply from the processing device…

Systems and methods for downloading code and data into a secure non-volatile memory

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9653004
A method for downloading information into a secure non-volatile memory of a secure embedded device (SED) during a manufacturing or personalization process. The method involves communicating the information and a software program from a device to a temporary storage memory of the SED. The method also involves starting the software program provided to facilitate an initialization of a first key and to facilitate a transfer of at least a portion of the information from the temporary storage…

Memory device with internal combination logic

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646661
Embodiments of the present invention include an apparatus, method, and system for integrating data processing logic with memory. An embodiment of a memory integrated circuit is designed to execute a task on the data in a memory array within a memory integrated circuit. The memory integrated circuit can include a memory array, a data access component, a data holding component, and a logic component. The data access component can be coupled to the memory array and configured to provide an…

10-transistor non-volatile static random-access memory using a single non-volatile memory element and method of operation thereof

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646694
A memory including an array of nvSRAM cells and method of operating the same are provided. Each nvSRAM cell includes a volatile charge storage circuit, and a non-volatile charge storage circuit including exactly one non-volatile memory (NVM) element, a first transistor coupled to the NVM element through which data true is coupled to the volatile charge storage circuit, a second transistor coupled to the NVM element through which a complement of the data is coupled to the volatile charge…

Ferroelectric random-access memory with pre-patterned oxygen barrier

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646976
Structure of F-RAM cells are described. The F-RAM cell include a contact extending through a first dielectric layer on a surface of a substrate. A barrier structure is formed over the contact by depositing and patterning a barrier layer. A second dielectric layer is deposited over the patterned barrier layer and planarized to expose a top surface of the barrier structure. A ferro-stack is deposited and patterned over the barrier structure to form a ferroelectric capacitor. A bottom…

Differential sigma-delta capacitance sensing devices and methods

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639226
A capacitance sensing device can include a reference circuit configured to connect to a reference capacitance, and to generate an electrical reference signal that varies over time according to the reference capacitance and a compare signal; a sense circuit configured to connect to a sense capacitance, and to generate an electrical sense signal that varies over time according to a sense capacitance; a compare circuit having compare inputs coupled to receive the sense signal and the…

Methods and sensors for multiphase scanning in the fingerprint and touch applications

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639733
Techniques for fully-differential multi-phase scanning in capacitive fingerprint applications are described herein. In an example embodiment, a system comprises a capacitive fingerprint sensor array and a processing device coupled to the capacitive fingerprint sensor array. The processing device is configured at least to: scan the capacitive fingerprint sensor array in a fully-differential multi-phase mode; receive a plurality of measurements that represents a portion of finger on the…

Fingerprint sensor-compatible overlay material

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639734
A fingerprint sensor-compatible overlay material which uses anisotropic conductive material to enable accurate imaging of a fingerprint through an overlay is disclosed. The anisotropic conductive material has increased conductivity in a direction orthogonal to the fingerprint sensor, increasing the capacitive coupling of the fingerprint to the sensor surface, allowing the fingerprint sensor to accurately image the fingerprint through the overlay. Methods for forming a fingerprint…

Access methods and circuits for memory devices having multiple channels and multiple banks

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9640237
An integrated circuit (IC) device can include a plurality of banks, each including a plurality of memory cells, and separately accessible according to a received bank address value, each bank configured to enable accesses on different phases of an internal clock signal; and a plurality of channel groups, each channel group including a plurality of channels, each channel including its own data connections, address connections, and control input connections for accessing the banks, the…

Methods, circuits, devices, systems and machine executable code for reading from a non-volatile memory array

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632867
Disclosed is a method for reading from a non-volatile memory (NVM) device including: retrieving a set of data from an NVM array according to a read sequence for a requested set of logical memory locations received from a host device, detecting errors in the set of data, preparing an error indicator to be output to a host device substantially upon detection of the errors and outputting the error indication in response to a command being received from the host device.

Integrated circuit device with programmable analog subsystem

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634667
An integrated circuit (IC) device can include a plurality of analog blocks, including at least one fixed function analog circuit, and at least one reconfigurable analog circuit block selected from: a continuous time (CT) block comprising a plurality of reconfigurable amplifier circuits and a discrete time block comprising amplifiers with a reconfigurable switch network; an analog multiplexer (MUX) configured to selectively connect any of a plurality of input/outputs (I/Os) of the IC…

Hydrogen barriers in a copper interconnect process

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9624094
A microelectronic system including hydrogen barriers and copper pillars for wafer level packaging and method of fabricating the same are provided. Generally, the method includes: forming an insulating hydrogen barrier over a surface of a first chip; exposing at least a portion of an electrical contact electrically coupled to a component in the first chip by removing a portion of the insulating hydrogen barrier, the component including a material susceptible to degradation by hydrogen;…

Type-C connector subsystem

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9625988
A Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C connector subsystem is described herein. An integrated circuit (IC) chip device includes a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C subsystem. The USB Type-C subsystem is to operate an Ra termination circuit that consumes no more than a first predetermined amount of current after the Ra termination circuit is applied to a Vconn line of the Type-C subsystem, or to operate a standby reference circuit in a low power mode of the device to perform detection on a…

Systems, methods, and devices for parallel read and write operations

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9627016
Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and devices for parallel read and write operations. Devices may include a first transmission device coupled to a local bit line and a global bit line associated with a memory unit of a memory array. The first transmission device may be configured to selectively couple the global bit line to the local bit line. The devices may further include a first device coupled to the local bit line and a sense amplifier. The first device may be configured to…

Systems, methods, and apparatus for memory cells with common source lines

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9627073
Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for implementing memory cells having common source lines. The methods may include receiving a first voltage at a first transistor. The first transistor may be coupled to a second transistor and included in a first memory cell. The methods include receiving a second voltage at a third transistor. The third transistor may be coupled to a fourth transistor and included in a second memory cell. The first and second memory cells may be coupled to…

Ball grid structure

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9627306
An apparatus includes a contact grid array disposed on a substrate in a non-orthogonal row-column format with connection elements arranged in a hexagonal configuration. The contact grid array has an orientation based, at least in part, on an area available for the contact grid array on the substrate. A method to determine the orientation of the contact grid array includes identifying the area available for a contact grid array on a substrate and determining the orientation for the…

Authentication for recognition systems

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619645
Embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for authentication for speech recognition. The method can include sensing an authentication device with a target device. One or more decoded voice commands can be processed after verification of the authentication device by the target device. Further, one or more decoded voice commands can be executed by the target device.